What does “Plantcestor” mean?

❤ PLANT·CES·TOR (aka. PLANT·CES·TAR) \noun\ plant-ses-tər also -səs-\  : an ancient living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, who live through absorbing water and the soil’s minerals through their roots, sunlight/starlight/moonlight/cosmic energy through their leaves, and the carbon-dioxide exhaled by humans and other mammals which they transform into oxygen.…

Babonaj

Written by, Salma Al Atassi        I like to call this our Heal-All plant  for it’s diversity of  uses Botanical Name: Anthemis nobilis/ Chamaemelum nobile—usually referred to as Roman Chamomile. Matericaria chamomilla/ M. recutita/ Chamomila recutita—usually refered to as German Chamomile. Region: ‘Roman Chamomile’ is what is most commonly found in Mediterranean region, whereas German…

Arz Libnan

Written by, Layla Kristy Feghali Arz Libnan- Lebanese Cedar, Cedrus Libnani I was going through a difficult life transition and facing a time of deep personal sorrow and grief when I visited Lebanon several years back.  Lebanon being a kind of chaotic space in the urban areas where my family lives, I made an escape…

Our Plantcestars: Starting our materia medica archive

In times of intensified crisis, trauma, and violence throughout the SWANA region and across the global south and many of our diasporic homes from Fergeson, Missouri to Los Angeles, Detroit, and beyond, it is necessary to keep our spirits and bodies strong. Our ancestral medicines and lands provide powerful natural allies who have helped us to heal and sustain ourselves amidst troubles of heart, body, and spirit throughout the ages, including through times of political strife. As our kin back home struggle for the very right to live and survive in basic dignity, I hope that invoking and re-membering the knowledge of our native plantcestors and original ways can be a part of the insistence and strengthening power that we and our ways will not ever be defeated nor effaced. I hope that these medicines can reinforce us as we reaffirm our rights and sustain and care for ourselves and